. no matter what, it's all about the children. >> reporter: elaine parker says she used to work with armstrong who other friends say lately was struggling financially. >> somewhere june and may she was out of electricity and stuff. and she was trying to get money together. >> reporter: they had a broken water line and apparently it was leaking into our kitchen. >> reporter: kevin roberts lives next door. his place is totally destroyed as he tries to salvage what he can in the dark, he counts his blessing that both he and his roommate were at when the fire started. >> i thought this was a movie. it didn't look real to me. i am in shock, disbelief and -- >> reporter: his voice trails off as he tries to find words to describe how he feels about his neighbors who did not survive. brittany morehouse, 9news now. >> and as of right now, we have no idea what caused that fire. the fairfax county firefighters are still investigating it. >>> new at 11:00, mother nature caused some problems for one montgomery county family tonight. take a look at this. high winds blew this tree down on a home in wheaton.